Juventus reportedly tasked Barcelona with the idea of swapping their underdogs to bring Miralem Pjanic back to Italy. According to Calciomercato, the Bianconeri offered Aaron Ramsey in a similar swap that would return the Bosnian metronome to Serie A.
Pjanic is looking to leave Camp Nou after a disappointing first season in La Liga that saw them become part of Ronald Koeman’s lineup. The 31-year-old left Juventus last summer and is considered one of the best playmakers in Europe but struggled to adapt to the new system in Catalonia.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has spent most of his Serie A career at Roma and Juventus Turin and aims to secure his way back to Italy this summer. The Catalans don’t mind letting him go and will even encourage him while the Italian record champions wait in the wings.
Barcelona must cut the skyrocketing wage bill to get signing registration permission and relieving Pjanic’s € 9m per year is one of their priorities. Meanwhile, Juventus are looking to get rid of Ramsey’s whopping € 7.5m annual wage, especially given the Welshman’s inability to shine in Turin.
The Spanish juggernauts are not entirely convinced of the prospect of signing Ramsey as it could put a greater strain on their wages bill. Juventus are keeping an eye on Pjanic, however, especially given the battle to reach an agreement with Sassuolo over Manuel Locatelli.
The former Milan midfielder is high on Massimiliano Allegri’s wish list but the Neroverdi are still sticking to their € 40m valuation of their precious fortune. Locatelli has already informed Sassuolo of his desire to join Juventus but the clubs are stuck in the stelamat.